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Oregon Pledges to Double Renewable Energy by 2040

Oregon legislatures just recently passed a bill, SB 1547, which doubles the state’s renewable energy target to 50 percent by 2040.  Environmental and renewable energy industry stakeholders believe it will put the state on track to reach its goal of reducing carbon emissions 75 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Many people are referring to this bill as a daring piece of legislation because it also requires that utilities stop purchasing coal power by 2035.  While coal is still an important source of power for the entire country, it could be challenging for utilities to end the use of this resource once and for all.  With that said, the bill was passed with the support of utilities, consumer groups, environmental advocates, and lawmakers, indicating that the majority of Oregon residents are in favor of this bill.

The new bill also mandates the beginning of a community solar program that will enable residential consumers and small businesses to buy a portion of an off-site solar project and have the credits applied to their utility bills, according to an article posted on GreenTech Media.  Read the full story.

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